Women, you need to read this very important warning from police officers regarding a new license plate trick that predators are using to try and harm us.
As explained in this Facebook post by the Fishers Police Department in Indiana, a woman was driving down the road when a truck suddenly drove up alongside her.
There were two males in the car, and the one in the passenger seat began waving to her to get her attention.
When she turned to look at what was happening, the male held up a license plate and motioned to her, trying to tell her that it was hers, as if she had just lost one of her plates.
However, the woman thankfully knew her license plate number by heart and realized that this was not her plate at all.
She drove off and did not pull over, leaving the would-be attackers behind.
While she wisely did not get out of her car, one can only imagine what would have happened if she did. The possibilities are terrifying.
However, despite probably being very anxious and upset, the woman heroically called the police anyway so that she could help warn other women about these very frightening criminals.
The police department’s post has clearly struck a chord with drivers: It’s garnered more than 850 comments, 14,000 shares and 2,000 reactions in the last three weeks.
The police shared her story on Facebook, writing: “If you are approached in this manner please call 911 immediately!”
What To Do If This Happens To You
We don’t mean to cause alarm, but we’re of the opinion that you can never have too much information about the latest scams or tricks.
If you do believe someone is following you or is otherwise behaving strangely, call 911 right away.
Some women in this situation might call a friend or family member first, worried that they are being paranoid and that they don’t want to waste the police officers’ time.
However, by calling 911 right away, your location will be available to the police in real time and they will be able to quickly find you.
Even if it turns out that nothing is wrong, they will still be grateful for your call and for taking the time to share important information about potential predators with them.
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If something doesn’t feel right, listen to your gut.
And make sure to talk to other women, especially young girls, about this latest predatory tactic. A new driver is already so nervous and worried on the road that she may be easy prey if someone tells her that she needs to pull over.
If something like this happens, tell your daughter to pull over at a safe, busy and well-lit location to call the police, rather than pulling over on the side of the road. If it is late at night, tell her to drive to the nearest police station and go inside.